- Jinyoung Barnaby - ARS Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center - Stuttgart, AR
Rice cultivation accounts for 11% of the anthropogenic emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Breeding rice that produces less methane could reduce the human contribution to global warming. We have identified rice cultivars which emit less methane but their yields are not as high as conventional varieties. By understanding how low methane cultivars influence their microbial communities we can select just the relevant low methane traits, breeding cultivars that also are productive, disease resistant and have desirable grain properties.